Dr. Weilin Hou
Oceanographer at US Naval Research Lab
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Chair | Editorial Board Member: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing | Editor | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
image processing , communication , tactical decision aids , imaging systems , numerical simulation , unmanned vehicle
Profile Summary

Weilin "Will" Hou is an oceanographer at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, and leads the Hydro Optics, Sensors and Systems Section. He received his PhD from the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida in 1997. His research interests spans from sensing, to communication, to decision involving data processing and fusion. His specialty includes underwater imaging and processing, and worked extensively on many topics involving tactical decision aid, communication, numerical simulation, data management, instrumentation and unmanned vehicles. He developed and chairs the annual SPIE Ocean Sensing and Monitoring conference since 2008, and teaches a short course on the related topics. Dr. Hou published over 60 papers, holds 9 US Patents, edited 11 Proc. SPIE Vols, and is the author of the book "Ocean Sensing and Monitoring: Optics and Other Methods" (2013). He also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS) and collaborates with NATO partners.

Book: Ocean Sensing and Monitoring: Optics and other Methods (2013)

Job opening, research and employment opportunities:

1) Active Ocean Mixing Sensing with Lidar


2) Bioluminescence Signatures in the Ocean

Publications (52)

Proceedings Article | 6 May 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11420, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XII
KEYWORDS: SolidWorks, Data modeling, Sensors, Particles, Magnetism, 3D modeling, Fiber optics sensors, Velocity measurements, Motion models, Fluid dynamics

Proceedings Article | 28 April 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11420, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XII
KEYWORDS: Energy efficiency, Modulation, Visualization, Skin, Denoising, Ocean optics, Turbulence, Oceanography, Acoustics, Particle image velocimetry

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11000, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XVI
KEYWORDS: Optical spheres, Fiber optics, Sensors, Metals, Silicon, Fiber optics sensors, Semiconductor lasers, Tin

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11014, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XI
KEYWORDS: Optical sensing, Doppler effect, Fiber optics, Visualization, Sensors, Fiber optics sensors, Turbulence, Velocity measurements, Acoustics, Particle image velocimetry

SPIE Journal Paper | 6 February 2019
OE Vol. 58 Issue 02
KEYWORDS: Turbulence, Imaging systems, Scattering, Environmental sensing, Sensing systems, Water, Point spread functions, Receivers, Prototyping, Laser scattering

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Proceedings Volume Editor (12)

SPIE Conference Volume | 28 May 2020

SPIE Conference Volume | 9 July 2019

SPIE Conference Volume | 25 June 2018

SPIE Conference Volume | 20 June 2017

SPIE Conference Volume | 15 June 2016

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Conference Committee Involvement (13)
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XIII
11 April 2021 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XII
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring XI
16 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring X
17 April 2018 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IX
11 April 2017 | Anaheim, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC1077: Ocean Sensing and Monitoring
This course covers basic principles and applications of optical oceanography. The course is aimed to provide background information for those interested in exploring processes involving the ocean using optical techniques, including sensing and monitoring via remotely (passive and active), as well as traditional in situ measurement and sampling approaches. A brief introduction of oceanography will be given, followed by ocean optics principles include scattering by both particles and optical turbulence, polarization and impacts on underwater imaging and communication, through theoretical frame work and examples. Typical sensors and platforms including unmanned underwater vehicles are introduced. Topics associated with data collection, processing, analysis, fusion and assimilation to ocean models are also discussed. This course can also be used as a refresher for recent advances in related areas. This course helps to understand apply to research and development efforts relevant to the maritime environment, in such issues as sea surface temperature sensing, underwater imaging, and remote sensing including water quality monitoring related to biological activities or extreme events, for example.
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